Have you ever wondered why Texas cities are more liberal than outlying areas?  It’s not a Texas thing.

Large urban environments are typically more ideologically liberal around the globe. Like a blast zone, liberal ideals diminish the further away you get from an urban environment.  But why?  The clichés of vibrancy, higher average education, and these days, younger populations.  But research is beginning shed a slightly different light on the phenomenon.

In a nutshell, liberalism today can be equated with empathy. The regular immersion and interaction between the daily lives of diverse peoples makes it easier to empathize with the effects of policies and ideas on people you know. Conversely, the further people are from those affected by negative actions, the easier it is to accept them. Call it skin in the game.

From the media we select, to friends (sometimes family), to the very real estate we inhabit, humanity has built its own echo chambers (often referred to as “bubbles”) in recent decades.

As a nation we cared more about war when there was a draft that (most) everyone was subjected to. When it was your children or your neighbor who was conscripted, you paid more attention. Would the Vietnam protests have changed the course of that war without mandatory service? Would the U.S. still be in Iraq and Afghanistan were there a draft? Would we have gone at all?

I hear you asking what this has to do with real estate. Simple. The vibrancy brought about by urban environments is not only great at attracting good restaurants and sidewalk-littering scooters, but it’s also good at breeding empathy, which today unfortunately equates to liberalism. Unlike the faceless online world, real life is generally kinder when real people are face-to-face.

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revitalization is key to this area

6813 Treehaven Road in the Ridglea Hills West area is helping the neighborhood continue the revitalization  (photos Trey Freeze Media)

Don’t you love it when you’re right?  Of course, you do.  Last week we discussed how we love when we’re first, now we will focus on the adulation of being right in regards to the revitalization of a certain Fort Worth neighborhood.

In 2016, your favorite Real Estate Sherpa told you about a neighborhood that was on the cusp of revitalization.  That neighborhood was called Bomber Heights.  Combined with the adjacent neighborhood Ridglea Hills, west of Highway 183, Bomber Heights has become an area where revitalization has taken off and isn’t looking back.

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